Jane Kamensky. Photo by Webb ChappellJane Kamensky. Photo by Webb Chappell

Jumping the Desk

"I’ve learned more about the work of archives . . . in the scant weeks since I became the Pforzheimer Director of the Schlesinger Library than in the previous two decades combined," says Jane Kamensky.

The Bill Baird collection documents both sides of the battle over contraception and abortion.The Bill Baird collection documents both sides of the battle over contraception and abortion.

Birth of a Collection

The Bill Baird collection, amassed by the outspoken activist for women’s reproductive rights since 1963, is the largest the Schlesinger Library has ever acquired. 

Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer

Coming to the Schlesinger: Food Memories from Waitress

The American Repertory Theater at Harvard's popular musical Waitress is Broadway bound, but artifacts related to the play will live on at the Schlesinger Library.

Laura Peimer, left, and Catherine Lea Holbrook processed the Holtzman Papers. Photo by Kevin GradyLaura Peimer, left, and Catherine Lea Holbrook processed the Holtzman Papers. Photo by Kevin Grady

Available for Research: The Elizabeth Holtzman Papers

The Elizabeth Holtzman collection—which is still growing—documents her career as a feminist, an activist, and an advocate in and out of political life from the 1970s through the 1990s.

Cornelia Spelman, 1967. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCornelia Spelman, 1967. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Playboy Then and Now

In 1967, when Cornelia Spelman was a theater and education major at Emerson College looking for a part-time job, a girlfriend talked her into applying to be a bunny at the Playboy Club in Boston.

Photo by Jane KratochvilPhoto by Jane Kratochvil

Claire Bond Potter

When asked what her favorite thing is about being a historian, Claire Bond Potter, who recently joined the Schlesinger Library Council, says with some mirth, “Reading other people’s mail.”

Cecily Cannan Selby. Photo courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionCecily Cannan Selby. Photo courtesy of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A Life Devoted to Inquiry: Cecily Cannan Selby ’46

Cecily Cannan Selby ’46 says of her remarkable and varied career, “I had the confidence and competence in problem solving that science can give you.”

Rosa (Rosie) Gumataotao Rios. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerRosa (Rosie) Gumataotao Rios. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer

Redesigning Currency

Treasurer of the United States Rosa (Rosie) Gumataotao Rios ’87, who is overseeing a new design for the $10 bill featuring a woman, recently visited the Schlesinger Library.